7:13am

Thu April 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Congress Votes On Budget, Home Foreclosures Dip

Congress votes today on the vexing budget bill it settled upon last week and many lawmakers are surprised to find out just what's in it. NPR's David Welna tells Morning Edition about some examples, including pulling wolves off the endangered species list. See Frank's prescience over on It's All Politics with this item: Nation Not Out Of Government Shutdown Woods Yet.

Lawmakers hold a second vote tomorrow on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) controversial budget bill that the Washington Post reports no Democrat will support.

An industry group reports fewer homes were in the foreclosure process at the start of this year. The AP says according to RealtyTrac, about 215,000 homes were repossessed between January and March. That's down six percent from the end of 2010. But the group warns the improvement is due to a paperwork backlog and the foreclosure rate will increase.

North Korea has arrested a Korean American businessman. Bloomberg reports Jun Young Su has apparently been held since November; North Korea says he has admitted to an unspecified crime against the state. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has had plans to visit North Korea. There's speculation Jun could be released to the former president; that's like last year, when Carter helped win the freedom of another American.

It's not The Suite Life of Zack and Cody if the five-star hotel is in Tripoli, Libya. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro and Jonathan Blakley have reported on their surreal experiences dogged by Libyan government minders. Now the Guardian's correspondent adds her take on the Hotel Rixos. She describes the middle-of-the-night news conferences, the fake pro-Gadhafi rallies and her creeping anxiety: "is it possible to escape through the kitchen? Are the waiting and cleaning staff spies? Why have scores of hideous paintings been hung on the hotel walls in the past few days?" Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.